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How to help your pets stay calm this 4th of July

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Many look forward to fireworks most about the 4th of July, but for our pets, it causes them a lot of stress.

At Main Street Pet Clinic in Joplin, veterinarian Ben Leavens says fireworks and thunderstorms are two things that trigger a dogs anxiety.  He says dogs get frightened by the loud boom and bright flashes.

But he says there are steps pet parents can take to alleviate some of that fear.

One of them is a vest called a "thunder shirt" that gives the feeling of a gentle, calm hug, which Leavens says helps animals overcome their fears and anxieties.

Another option to reduce your pets anxiety is to rub peppermint oil on the paws of your animals.

Leavens says it's important to keep a close eye on your pet during this holiday.

"We have a lot of dogs coming in for anxiety problems, a lot of people forget or they are busy with the holiday and so we go crazy this time of year because the fireworks are starting to go off and the dogs are staring to do destructive behavior - they are running around the house and going crazy," says Leavens.

Experts suggest you keep your pets inside away from firework displays and leave some white noise on for them like TV or radio.

This will help distract them from what's going on outside.

For more tips on pet safety during the 4th of July CLICK HERE.

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